US Teenager Stands Up In Church To Ask For Adoption
Florida, United States -- Standing before a church congregation, Davion Navar Henry Only, a 15-year-old orphan, made a plea. A teenager who has been bounced around the foster care system his entire life asked someone to be his family.
Florida's St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church worshippers heard his small speech.
"My name is Davion, and I've been in foster care since I was born... I know God hasn't given up on me. So I'm not giving up either. I'll take anyone. Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."
The boy was born while his mother was in jail, and has spent his entire childhood in countless foster homes. In three years' time, when he turns 18, he will be on his own.
This summer Davion found out his mother died at the age of 55 just a few weeks before he made an inquiry about her, having been arrested multiple times for petty theft and cocaine.
The boy longs to play football but has no one to take him to practice; to be able to use the bathroom without someone unlocking a door. He would like the light left on when he sleeps.
When it comes to his friends, Davion looks for those who are true to themselves and to him.
On his ideal family, the teenager says he doesn't care if the people are rich or poor, or what ethnic background they are from. He would like a family 'who are nice, fun and that know how to cook!'
The teenager has had behavioral problems - struggling with his own anger at the circumstances in which he finds himself. Dealing with his mother's death has led Davion to believe that he doesn't want to be angry anymore - he wants to discover a better life.
He has spent the summer studying hard in 10th grade - achieving distinctions in all but one subject - geometry. He has lost 40lb and tries to let go of his anger.